IT glitch causes long queues at airport immigration desks

Airports faced disruption after an IT glitch resulted in extended queues at immigration desks, causing widespread chaos for passengers at airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Birmingham. The glitch is now said to be resolved.

UK Home Office system fault 'resolved' at Gatwick

According to the Gatwick airport Twitter account, an IT glitch at their airport immigration desks which caused widespread chaos for passengers, has now been "resolved".

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Yesterday’s difficulties with @ukhomeoffice IT systems have now been resolved. Please let us know if we can help you on your journey today

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Following difficulties with @ukhomeoffice IT systems across the UK there have been longer than usual queues at immigration.

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Govt 'apologises' after IT glitch at major UK airports

A fault on UK Border Force computers, including automatic passport check-in desks, caused systems to crash late this evening, causing widespread chaos for passengers at airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Birmingham.

Extra staff were drafted in to try and reduce the queues.

Passengers tweeted their frustration through the evening:

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Horrific queues @gatwick_airport tonight. No announcements as to why. Unmanned desks. Hot & bloody boring #Gatwick http://t.co/HMdHa7CElD

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A Government spokesman said: "We apologise for any additional time this adds to passengers' journeys."

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Travellers post photos of Gatwick airport queues

Travellers have expressed their frustration at huge queues at Gatwick Airport by posting snaps of the lines on Twitter.

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Welcome home (not!) mental queue at passport control at Gatwick Airport tonight #sendmebacktoSpain http://t.co/xJvMaoaejr

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IT glitch causes long queues at airport immigration

Airline passengers are tonight facing disruption after an IT glitch resulted in extended queues at immigration desks.

Lengthy queues have already started forming at airport terminals across the country after a fault on UK Border Force computers this afternoon.

Extra staff have been drafted in to try and reduce the queues.

A Government spokesman said:

We are currently experiencing temporary IT problems which may add to the time taken to conduct passport checks.

We are working to rectify this issue and are providing extra staff to get passengers through the controls as quickly as possible. Our priority remains security of the border.

We apologise for any additional time this adds to passengers' journeys.